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FORT COLLINS, COLO. - Feb. 6, 2012 - Encorp LLC, today announced its recent installation of a microgrid at Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma - the fifth major military or defense contractor site to feature an Encorp microgrid-like system for greater energy surety.

The microgrid project at Fort Sill's 94,000-acre base was completed in September. Fort Sill officials selected the Encorp microgrid system to provide around-the-clock, reliable onsite energy to offset utility power consumption at the massive base, which is home to 20,000 permanent personnel and sites that train nearly 20,000 new artillery soldiers each year.

Encorp officials expect the installation will be the first of many as the Fort Sill base continues to grow and update its infrastructure. At military bases, universities and other campus-like environments, microgrids are becoming a sought-after power source to achieve net-zero status - the designation that recognizes energy-neutral facilities that produce onsite energy to offset consumption.

Encorp's microgrid includes collaborative concepts from Sandia National Laboratory and the Army Corps of Engineers. Fort Sill's advanced system links four generator sets that were installed years ago. Operators remotely dispatch the generators using Encorp controls that can interconnect just one generator with the base's utility grid, or all at once. When the grid fails, Encorp controls allow the generators to operate independently. When grid connected, the microgrid can dispatch one megawatt of power at the mission critical facility.

Encorp technical teams made slight modifications to the existing generator sets to accommodate the control equipment and software required for the complex microgrid operation. Teams integrated an advanced version of the company's Automatic Paralleling Switch™ into the four generator sites, which allow the generators to peak shave or export power to the base utility. Additionally, Encorp integrated a modified version of its Encorp Secure™ software to serve as the enterprise-level control system for the resulting microgrid.

Encorp's microgrid installation at Fort Sill was awarded the Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command. The CoN accreditation acknowledges that the Encorp microgrid meets strict U.S. Army and Department of Defense (DoD) standards for security, compatibility and sustainability. Over the past 10 years, Encorp has implemented such advanced energy-surety systems as microgrids at several military and mission-critical government facilities. Sites include Malmstrom Air Force Base, Fort McPherson Army Base, Hill Air Force Base, Bangor Naval Base and Fort Bragg Army Base.

"We know of additional military sites that are considering similar microgrids," said Michael Clark, Encorp's president. "The Army Corps of Engineers is instituting energy savings and energy surety approaches across many military bases to integrate legacy generator assets with newer green generation sources. We continue to work closely with several national labs and other government agencies to further bolster the microgrid platform. Microgrids are a cost-effective means to increase power reliability for campus-like environments - both commercial and government - that want to obtain net zero status."

About Encorp, LLC

As the vanguard of distributed energy control, Encorp, the Primary Integration company headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., develops and markets software and hardware technology solutions for the communication, control and networking of distributed energy, including microgrids. Encorp has been microgridding™ for decades and continues to leverage the power of its advanced Gold Box™ to harness diverse forms of generation that embody the New Energy Economy.

Encorp hardware and integrated software products allow hospitals, manufacturers, office buildings, schools and other sites to leverage energy savings and surety by generating their own electrical power from various fuel sources - whether the fuel is traditional diesel or such renewables as photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind and micro turbines.

Encorp's energy-tech offerings and grid interconnection expertise advance energy savings, security and efficiency for microgrid, CHP and demand response installations. For more information, call Encorp at 888-295-4141 or visit

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Carol Sponseller, Encorp

Laura Dowling, Dowling PR